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10/11/2011 08:00 pm ET | Updated Dec 11, 2011

Anthony Batts, Oakland Police Chief, Resigns

(10-11) 16:03 PDT (Oakland) -- Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts announced his resignation today amid warnings from a judge that the federal courts could take over the Police Department.

Batts, 50, told a news conference at Oakland City Hall this afternoon that his decision to leave was in part the result of frustration over the many layers of bureaucracy within city government. Batts' resignation is effective next month. The chief said he is considering a research position with Harvard University.

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